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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Posted by on August 1, 2017

Located 15 miles east of Montrose in western Colorado, the Black Canyon is a National Park whose name comes from the fact that parts of it receive only 33 minutes of sun per day. In 1882, after a year of construction of the 15-mile track, a narrow gauge railroad started service. The track had no more than 1/4 mile as it’s longest straight line. It was abandoned in 1955.  In 1901, after  having failed the previous year, the Torrence expedition set out to locate a site for diversion tunnels to utilize the Gunnison River to irrigate the valley. Although successful, the tunnel did not open until 1909. (Click to enlarge all photos.)

Day 1 Pelton/Torrence Failed 1900 Expedition

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The Narrows 1900 and 1916 (Kolb Expedition)





Brilliant green springtime trees and the Gunnison River, at the bottom of the Narrows of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Chipeta Falls 1883



Exclamation Point 1900 and with early tourists















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